In perfect sunny weather, Col. Darren James was greeted by family and friends to celebrate his return from his "fini flight" as the 437th Airlift Wing's vice commander March 19.
James' last flight took him and his crew on a local training mission, focusing on air refueling with a formation of two KC-135s, and then tactical training at the North Auxiliary Airfield.
During his tenure at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, James took on the role of Crisis Action Team lead during JB Charleston's 2011 Operational Readiness Inspection. He also championed many of the strategy alignment and development efforts which included continuous process improvement efforts, ensuring Airmen are deployed combat-ready and developing stronger bonds between the base and the community.
Due in large part to James' excellent leadership, the 437th AW was able to deliver more than 88,000 passengers and 220 million pounds of cargo to locatioins around the world.
James will be attending pilot instructor training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas in preparation for his assignment as 71st Flying Training Wing, commander at Vance AFB, Okla.